Camtasia Hotkeys

Recorder Options


Windows Hotkey

Each of these are customizable.

Choose Tools > Options > Hotkeys tab.

Mac Hotkey
Start recording


Pause recording


Stop recording


Marker Ctrl+M -----
ScreenDraw Ctrl+Shift+D -----
Select Region


(Choose your own)

Hide Tray Icon


(Choose your own)

Tools > Options > Hotkeys tab.


Project Options

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Launch Recorder Ctrl+R Cmd+Shift+2
Launch online help F1 -----
Save project Ctrl+S Cmd+S
New project Ctrl+N Cmd+N
Open project Ctrl+O Cmd+O
Import media into Media Bin Ctrl+I Cmd+I
Export audio as ----- -----

Export frame as

Ctrl+F Ctrl+F
Produce / Share Production Wizard Ctrl+P Cmd+E

Program Options

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Open Media tab B B
Open Annotation tab N N
Open Transition tab T T
Open Behaviors tab O O
Open Zoom-n-Pan Animation tab A A
Open Cursor Effects tab U U
Open Voice Narration tab V V
Open Audio Effects tab D D
Open Visual Effects tab L X
Open Interactivity tab I I
Open Captions tab C -----
Open Gesture Effects Tab ----- G
Open Properties Panel Ctrl+2 Cmd+2
Hide Other Programs ----- Cmd+Option+H
Minimize Window Windows Key+Down Arrow Cmd+M
Quit/Exit Alt+F4 Cmd+Q


(the window, not the program)

----- Cmd+W
Symbols and emojis ----- Ctrl+Cmd+Space

Enter full screen

(whole program, not canvas)

----- Cmd+Shift+F
Display system menu Alt+Space -----
Activate Menus Alt+First letter of menu -----
Menu options accelerators

1. Alt+First letter of menu

2. Let go of Alt+ Press underlined letter key

Remove focus from current control or close a menu or combo dialog box Esc Esc

Canvas Options

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Enable / Disable Canvas Snapping Ctrl+; Cmd+;
Zoom in on canvas



Scroll wheel



Scroll wheel

Zoom out on canvas



Scroll wheel



Scroll wheel

Change size of selected media on canvas Select media + Scroll wheel -----
Full screen ----- -----
Exit full screen canvas view Esc Esc
Move selected media on canvas Arrow Keys (hold) Arrow Keys (hold)
Nudge media 1 pixel Arrow Keys (one press at a time) Arrow Keys (one press at a time)
Nudge Media 10 pixels Shift+Arrow Keys (one press at a time) Shift+Arrow Keys (one press at a time)
Maintain aspect ratio while resizing media

Drag corner handle on selected media to resize.

Drag corner handle on selected media to resize.
Override Aspect Ratio when resizing

Shift + Drag corner handle on selected media to resize.

Shift + Drag corner handle on selected media to resize.
Resize media with aspect ratio and maintain center point Ctrl + Drag corner handle on media to resize. Cmd + Drag corner handle on media to resize.
Freely Rotate Media (3D)

For Callouts

Ctrl (hold both)

1. Select media on canvas.

2. Press and hold Ctrl.

3. Drag on media clip to freely rotate in 3D.

Note: Do not use side or rotate handles.

All Other Media Clips

Shift+Ctrl (hold both)

1. Select media on canvas.

2. Press and hold both Shift + Ctrl.

3. Drag on media clip to freely rotate in 3D.

Note: Do not use side or rotate handles.


Timeline Editing

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Copy Ctrl+C Cmd+C


  • Copies to clipboard
  • No gap
  • Media is stitched together on timeline
Ctrl+X Cmd+Shift+X
Paste Ctrl+V Cmd+ V


Leaves space on timeline

Delete Delete
Redo Ctrl+Y Cmd+Shift+Z
Undo Ctrl+Z Cmd+Z
Group Ctrl+G Cmd+G
Ungroup Ctrl+U Cmd+U

Spacebar (hold) + Drag on Canvas

Spacebar (hold)+ Drag on Canvas
Crop Alt (hold) Alt (hold)
Record Screen Ctrl+R Ctrl+R
Ripple Delete/Cut


1. Make a selection on timeline.

2. Press Ctrl+Delete.
Selection is deleted and all timeline media is shifted.


1. Make a selection on timeline.

2. Press Cmd+Shift+X.
Selection is deleted and all timeline media is shifted.

Split selected media at playhead S Cmd+T
Split all tracks at playhead Ctrl+Shift+S Cmd+Shift+T
Stitch selected media Ctrl+Alt+I Cmd+Option+I
Unstitch ----- -----
Extend frame Shift+E -----
Select All Ctrl+A Cmd+A
Deselect All Ctrl+D Cmd+Shift+A
Add selection to Library Ctrl+Shift+A -----

Open Media Bin tab


Toggle Clip Bin / Library view

Show/Hide Tools Panel Ctrl+1 Cmd+1
Show / Hide Properties Ctrl+2 Cmd+2

Timeline Navigation

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Play/Pause/Stop video Spacebar Spacebar
Stop playback and return to previous location of the playhead Ctrl+Alt+Space Ctrl+Option+Space
Move playhead to previous clip Ctrl+Alt+Comma Ctrl+Comma
Move playhead to next clip Ctrl+Alt+Period Ctrl+Period
Step Backward on timeline



Step Forward on timeline



Zoom in on timeline


Ctrl (hold)+Scroll Wheel


Cmd (hold)+Scroll Wheel

Zoom out on timeline


Ctrl (hold)+Scroll Wheel


Cmd (hold)+Scroll Wheel

Zoom to see all media on timeline


Ctrl (hold)+Scroll Wheel

Cmd (hold)+Scroll Wheel

Zoom to maximum timeline view


Ctrl (hold)+Scroll Wheel


Cmd (hold)+Scroll Wheel

Zoom to timeline selection Ctrl+Shift+8 Cmd+Shift+8
Play from beginning


Jump to beginning of timeline Ctrl+Home ----
Jump to beginning select Ctrl+Shift+Home -----
Jump to end of timeline Ctrl+End -----
Jump to end select Ctrl+Shift+End -----
Next clip select Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Right Arrow Cmd+Shift+Option+Period
Previous clip select Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Left Arrow Cmd+Shift+Option+Comma

Split and ripple move everything on track

This creates space on timeline

Shift + Drag Playhead

Shift + Drag Playhead


Ripple move


1. Select clip on timeline.

2. Hold Shift and drag media.

Ripple trim Hold Shift and trim end of media in/out. ----

Ripple split and move everything on track at playhead

Shift+drag playhead Shift+drag playhead
Make timeline selection


Hold and drag playhead


Hold and drag playhead

Extend timeline range selection right Shift+Period Shift+Period
Extend timeline range selection left Shift+Comma Shift+Comma
Temporarily disable snapping Ctrl Ctrl
Move up or down through tracks Scroll Wheel Scroll Wheel
Increase Track Heights Alt+Plus -----
Decrease Track Heights Alt+Minus -----

Marker and Quiz Options

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Add Marker Shift+M Shift+M
Show / Hide marker view Ctrl+M Ctrl+M
Next Marker Ctrl+] Ctrl +]
Select between Markers




Previous Marker Ctrl+[ Ctrl +[
Timeline Select to Previous Marker Ctrl +Shift+[ Ctrl +Shift+[
Timeline Select to Next Marker Ctrl+Shift+] Ctrl+Shift+]
Open Interactivity tab I I
Add Quiz Shift+Q Shift+Q
Show / Hide quiz view Ctrl+Q Ctrl+Q
Jump to and select previous quiz Ctrl+9 Ctrl+9
Jump to and select next quiz Ctrl+0 Ctrl+0

Animations and Effects

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Open Transition tab T T
Add Last Used Transition to Selected Media Shift+T Shift+T
Open Behaviors tab O O
Open Animations tab A A
Jump to next animation Alt+K Option+K
Jump to previous animation Shift+K Shift+K
Add Custom Animation Shift+A Shift+A
Open Visual Effects tab L X
Open Voice Narration tab V V
Start/Stop Voice Narration Recording Ctrl+Shift+V -----

Text Options for Annotations

FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Edit Text _____ Option+Return
Bold Ctrl+B Cmd+Shift+B
Italic CTRL+I Cmd+Shift+I
Select one character right of the cursor Shift+Right Arrow Shift+Right Arrow
Select one character left of the cursor Shift+Left Arrow Shift+Left Arrow
Select all characters after the cursor. Shift+Down Arrow Shift+Down Arrow
Select all characters before the cursor. Shift+Up Arrow Shift+Up Arrow
Underline Ctrl+U Cmd+Shift+U
Copy selected text Ctrl+C Cmd+C
Paste Text Ctrl+V Cmd+V
Undo Ctrl+Z Cmd+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y Shift+Cmd+Z
Delete Text Highlight text+Delete Highlight text+Delete
Align Left -----

Select text, then:


Align Center -----

Select text, then:


Align Right -----

Select text, then:


Copy Style ----- Cmd+Option+C
Paste Style ----- Cmd+Option+V
Show Special Characters ----- Ctrl+Cmd+Spacebar


FunctionWindows HotkeyMac Hotkey
Add Caption Shift+C Shift+C
Previous Caption Shift+Tab Shift+Tab
Next Caption Tab Tab
Replay Current Caption Segment (Loop button) Enter Enter
Increase Caption Duration Ctrl+ALT+] Cmd+]
Decrease Caption Duration Ctrl+ALT+[ Cmd+[

PowerPoint Add-In Hotkeys (Windows Only)

FunctionCurrent Windows Hotkey
Record Ctrl + Shift + F9
Pause Ctrl + Shift + F9
Stop Ctrl + Shift + F10

ScreenDraw (Windows Only)

When using ScreenDraw, all drawing is permanently burned into the recording and cannot be changed or removed. Adding arrows or callouts in Camtasia Editor after recording creates a similar effect. However, arrows and callouts in Camtasia can be edited.

Add drawing effects like arrows and circles over the screen as your record with Camtasia Recorder's ScreenDraw feature.

  • When recording full screen, use the ScreenDraw hotkeys to enable ScreenDraw and to change the tools.
  • You can change the tool, color, or width of the drawing tools.

To Use ScreenDraw

  1. Open Camtasia Windows Recorder.
  2. Select Tools > Recording Toolbars > Effects toolbar.
  3. Click the Record button to begin recording. After the countdown, the ScreenDraw option appears.
    • Note: If recording Full Screen, use the ScreenDraw hotkeys to select tools, tool width, shape, and color.

  1. Click the ScreenDraw button on the Effects toolbar.
  2. The ScreenDraw tools expand. Select a tool and click and drag to draw on the screen.
    • To change the default tools, select an option from the dropdown list next to a tool on the Effects toolbar.
    • To undo the last ScreenDraw action, press Ctrl+Z.
    • To exit ScreenDraw mode, press ESC or Ctrl+Shift+D.
FunctionCurrent Windows Hotkey
Program Options  
Enable ScreenDraw Ctrl+Shift+D
Exit ScreenDraw Esc
Tool Width 1 through 8
Undo Ctrl+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y
Frame F
Highlight H
Ellipse E
Pen P
Line L
Arrow A
Black K
Blue B
Cyan C
Green G
Yellow Y
White W
Magenta M
Red R

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